The organization recently announced the opening of the Walter Payton Liver Center Outreach Clinic, devoted to testing and treating patients with liver cancer or other types of liver disease.
The clinic was named for the Chicago Bears star of the same name, who died of liver disease and bile duct cancer in 1999. The suburban center should offer a break in travel time to those in our area who previously had to head to the city for treatment.
“For some people it’s really kind of hard to make that drive back and forth to the City of Chicago if you live in the northwest suburbs, or suburbs, so you know this is a wonderful collaboration and partnership to work together for patients who can come here to be treated and see the hepatologist here and get diagnosed here,” said Connie Payton, Walter Payton’s Wife.
Patients will be under the care of Doctor Sean Koppe, Director of Hepatology at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System.
The one service that won’t be available in the suburbs is liver transplants, which are only being done at the Walter Payton Center in Chicago.